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Spokane drivers: Better than Seattle, worse than Boise

They may run stop signs and attempt left turns from the far right lane, forget to signal when they turn or leave the signal on for miles after making it. But in news that will shock many motorists in and around Spokane, the city's drivers were rated as better than the national average.

Spokane drivers were ranked 45 out of the nation's 200 largest cities, Allstate Insurance Co. said in its annual tabulation of claims data. They average 10.3 years between collisions, slightly better than the national average of 10 years.

So, for bragging rights: Spokane had the best rating for major cities in Washington. Vancouver was No. 82. Tacoma No. 144 and Seattle way down there at No. 160. Drivers in the Emerald City are about 29 percent more likely to  have a collision than the nation as a whole, and average a collision about every 8 years.

But don't get a big head, Spokane. Boise ranks No. 2 in the nation, edged out by  Fort Collins, Colo., for safe drivers. Boise drivers average almost 14 years between collisions, and are 28 percent less likely than the nation as a whole to have a collision.

Worst drivers in the country? Allstate says they're in Washington, D.C., where drivers are more than twice as likely to have a collision than the nation as a whole, and drivers average less than 5 years between collisions. No wonder the Secret Service doesn't let presidents drive anywhere.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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